Huge Win

The University of Alabama got off to a perfect start for its 2006-07 golf season, claiming the championship Sunday of the Carpet Capital Classic, an 18-team tournament where half the field is ranked among the Top 25, including No. 15 Alabama.

The Crimson Tide finished the tournament at 23 under par, eclipsing fourth-ranked Clemson by six shots to win. Alabama went into the final round trailing Clemson by three strokes but shot eight under par in Sunday's final round, while Clemson shot one over par, to give Alabama its season opening win. Alabama shot 276-285-280/841.

Michael Thompson, who transferred to Alabama this fall after Tulane dropped golf amid budget cuts and Hurricane Katrina aftermath, finished T-6th at six under par. Thompson shot minus four in the third round, shooting 68-74-68/210 for the weekend.

Also finishing among the Top 10 in the individual standings was Gator Todd who shot 68-72-71/211 to finish T-9th at five under par. Thomas Hagler, who shot 69-71-72/212, finished T-11th at minus four. Matthew Swan shot three under par in the final round to jump 12 spots between the second and third round and finish T-19th (73-71-69/213) at three under par. And Mark Harrell finished T-23rd, shooting 71-71-72/214, which is minus two on the par 72 course at The Farm.

Alabama bested the field with its 23-under-par final score, 841. Clemson finished second at minus 17 (278-280-289/847). Second-ranked Georgia and fifth-ranked Georgia Tech finished in a tie at third (854).

Sixth-ranked Florida and No. 25 Georgia State finished T-5th (856), followed by Tennessee (859), East Tennessee State (860), Vanderbilt (862), North Carolina State (866), Wake Forest (868), TCU (873), Duke (875), Augusta State (876), Auburn (878), Texas Tech (884), South Carolina (886) and Texas (904).

Next for the Crimson Tide is the September 25-26 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in Birmingham.

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